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Posted: Thursday, August 3, 2017 9:46 am

On the evening of July 26, chaos and confusion reigned in a Running Springs neighborhood dispute that quickly got out of control and led to reports of violence.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office will sort out the facts to determine whether one male resident acted in self defense, or aggression, against a subject who said that the man attacked him with a machete.

Steven Lloyd Wright, 30, resides in the 2500 block of Whispering Pines Drive. During the 8 o’clock hour, several of his neighbors provided statements to sheriff’s deputies about a series of incidents between Wright and his neighbors.

The first neighbor reported a verbal disturbance over a window and other ongoing issues with Wright, who allegedly threatened to fight the neighbor’s family. The caller said that Wright might have been drinking and reportedly was carrying a bottle of alcohol.

Another call came from a neighbor who could report what was heard — people yelling and things being thrown ­— but could not see what was happening. The caller could hear “wood hitting a truck” and subjects “cussing at each other.”

A woman who lives down the street called 9-1-1 to report that someone who had been drinking was throwing buckets at her. According to the dispatcher’s transcript, the woman said that she and her boyfriend were not armed, and that she had gone into her room and could not see if the subject was still outside.

Next came a 9-1-1 call from a man who said that he was attacked with a machete. He reportedly told the 9-1-1 dispatcher that his bone was sticking out of his arm, he was bleeding severely due to blood thinners, and he was putting pressure on his arm with a clean cloth. Paramedics were advising him on how to handle the injury.

The injured man also said that subjects down the street had a gun, and he was concerned that someone might shoot, according to the report.

When deputies arrived, they recovered an ax, not a machete. According to their report, the victim was struck with the butt end of the ax, and suffered a hematoma, for which he was treated. The victim refused medical transportation to the hospital.

When deputies made contact with the suspect, Wright claimed that he had acted in self defense. He was not arrested, and the district attorney will decide whether or not to prosecute.

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